Friday, 6 September 2013

Tomlin Leckie

Given Ralph's predilection for crowd funding projects it was a pleasant surprise when a copy of Tomlin Leckie's Kickstarter funded EP 'We Are Stories' dropped through the letter box.  

Tomlin moved to Edinburgh in 2006 from France and finally started busking during the Edinburgh Festival in 2008. Since then he's been going non-stop, playing around 150 shows a year with various different bands.

2012 was a particularly busy year for Tomlin with his now defunct band James Brown Is Annie supporting multi-platinum band The Black Seeds and five-time Grammy award winner Robert Cray.

He's now taking some time now to concentrate on his own acoustic folky/bluesy music and looking forward to playing more intimate gigs just armed with a guitar, harmonica and voice!

The EP 'We Are Stories' is 5 tracks long and the obvious young James Taylor comparisons (let's hope he hangs onto his hair better) cannot be escaped, especially the lead track 'Earthwalker' which is Tomlin's 'Fire and Rain'. It's an atmospheric track that begs to be replayed.  Despite playing in a band Tomlin's style is eminently suited to  solo acoustic performance. His accomplished guitar playing and emotive vocals draw you in.

Next track up is 'From Any Fool' and it's more upbeat with a hint of Steely Dan' - another old rock soul in a young body. Immaculate guitar again matched with a smooth vocal and a perfect summer sound.

'Strangers' has a more sombre, bluesy feel to it, telling a (seemingly introspective) tale.  It's followed by 'This Machine' lightening the mood a tad musically and another strong track lyrically.  Final track 'Any Lie' and we're back with a Steely Dan-esque (no bad thang) vibe with some bluesy harmonica added to great effect.  It's smooth, seductive and maybe just my favourite, although it's a close run thing with 'Earthwalker'.

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